I hope the 3 climbers are found on Mt. Hood

7:57 p.m. on December 13, 2006 (EST)
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What were they thinking heading out when a storm was approaching? Didn't they read the weather report for the mountain? I hope they are brought down safely and no one dies attempting to rescue these guys. It's not looking so great.....

1:21 p.m. on December 15, 2006 (EST)
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"What were they thinking heading out when a storm was approaching?"

I'd imagine they were thinking they had a short weather window from which to pull off their ascent. Reasonable, if everything went according to plan.

"Didn't they read the weather report for the mountain?"

Surely they did. They went up in decent weather. Had things gone per plan, they would have descended in decent weather.

"I hope they are brought down safely and no one dies attempting to rescue these guys. It's not looking so great....."

Its not. Easy situation to apply some monday morning quarterbacking to.

Its apparent that something went wrong on their climb. I'm just hoping for the best, now, but, after this long, its pretty grim. Weather couldn't be worse, methinks.

Yep, keep hoping. Maybe the weather will break enough for folks to get up there, or, at least aircraft to get a good look. Tough situation. Sort of, ah, remindful of another from not too many years ago, that is still pretty fresh for some of us here.

-Brian in SLC

8:09 p.m. on December 15, 2006 (EST)
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I keep hoping they are all three together and that they have fuel for their stoves left so they can make hot water. My guess is that the one left behind on the mountain top got hurt and the other two had to leave him to get help. What a nightmare!! I read that weather reports showed bad weather on the way they day they left. I have also heard over and over that December is not a good month to do a climb like this. and the good weather window wasnt very big. I heard they could have brought locators with that are only $5.00 to rent. Do anyone think it's even possible they will make it??

8:47 p.m. on December 15, 2006 (EST)
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From the coverage I have read and footage I have seen, even with a PLB, it is unlikely anyone could have gotten to them in the last few days; the weather is just too bad. Earlier this year, two of the most experienced women climbers in the world disappeared on Mt. Foraker in a storm, and in Tibet, two more extremely experienced climbers, including one reputed to be the best high altitude woman climber in the world, have disappeared in the past two weeks. No one even has a clue where they are because of the remoteness of the area and the open-ended plans they had. At least the 3 on Hood have an army of rescue specialists looking for them with high tech surveillance gear.

10:06 p.m. on December 15, 2006 (EST)
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I just read that that the climbers left their packing lists at the ranger station and they had bivy sacks. I am guessing since they originally were planning an overnight stay that they also have sleeping bags. I wonder if they are in a snow cave, inside sleeping bags which are inside bivy's if this would be enough protection for a week. I almost think they would be OK and warm enough as long as no one has any major injuries....

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